Update: April 10, 2020
We come to you with the sad news that we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 AFHE Graduation ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 22.
With the stay-at-home order extending through the end of April and no clear indication how long it will continue beyond that, the AFHE Board must protect the safety and well-being of our community in these uncertain times. We had truly hoped and anticipated that our graduation ceremony could take place as scheduled and we know how disappointing this news is.
An email was sent to registered graduates and their parents Friday, April 10 with additional information.
We are praying for each of the families that are impacted and sad that we will not be able to gather together in May to celebrate this important milestone together as a community.
2020 Graduation Sponsor
A special thank you to our
2020 AFHE Graduation Sponsor
Grand Canyon University
Michael P. Farris
Michael P. Farris is president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom. As the second CEO of ADF, he brings to the role a diverse background as an effective litigator, educator, public advocate, and communicator, and is widely recognized for his successful work on both the national and international stage.
Farris was founding president of both the Home School Legal Defense Association (1983) and Patrick Henry College (2000) and continues to serve as chairman of the board of HSLDA and chancellor emeritus of PHC.
He graduated from Western Washington State College magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science, followed by a Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University (with honors). He also earned an LL.M. in public international law (with honors) from the University of London.
Farris has specialized in constitutional appellate litigation. In that capacity, he has argued before the appellate courts of 13 states, eight federal circuit courts of appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court, where in 2018 he successfully argued NIFLA v. Becerra, resulting in a free speech victory for California’s pro-life pregnancy centers.
Farris has testified many times before both the House and Senate. He was an executive committee member of the Coalition for the Free Exercise of Religion that successfully lobbied Congress for the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. He also has substantial experience in international religious freedom advocacy.
Mike is the author of over 15 books, as well as law review and other scholarly and popular articles. He and his wife, Vickie, have 10 children and 23 grandchildren.
Michael Farris’ commencement address will be recorded and included on the video for registered graduates and their families.